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What is Shibori and Indigo Dying? Can I do a workshop in the Lake District?

Shibori is the Japanese art of indigo resist dyeing, where you can achieve much subtler effects than tie-dye.

At Cowshed Creative we run hands-on workshops where you will learn a wide variety of Shibori techniques, including Shibori inspired folding, binding, clamping and stitching techniques. Dipped in Indigo, you will create your own stunning patterns on fabric. Create a stash of samples and then create an original and boldly patterned cushion cover, scarf or T-shirt. Perfect for the summer.

You will be shown how to prepare the dye bath and spend time preparing your materials for dyeing. The dye process is simple yet exciting and you’ll be amazed at the range of patterns that are unfolded and revealed. Experiment with different techniques on small fabric samples, then work on a larger piece of fabric to create a cushion, dye a scarf, a T-shirt or blouse. The samples can be transformed into bunting at home or used for patchwork.

No prior experience needed. If you want to try some of the stitching techniques some knowledge of sewing would be useful but not essential. There are lots of techniques you can try without using stitching.

Kate Reid trained at Central School of Art in London in textile design, which led to work as a freelance knitwear designer and textile specialist in a Lancashire museum. She now runs her own successful costume hire company, designing and making bespoke costumes for both theatre productions and film; anything from exquisite period work to wild and flamboyant outfits for pantomime dames.

Kate is an inspiring teacher; with loads of experience.

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